Have a short story, poem or other work you're just dying to share? Check out these publication, workshop and contest opportunities:

MWW will celebrate their 40th summer workshop, July 25-27, 2013!

35+ different instructional sessions with top quality faculty during our 3-day program on everything from fiction to nonfiction, marketing, and ways to get your creative juices flowing. Thursday focuses on genre-specific intensive sessions. Friday and Saturday are packed with sessions on the craft of writing and the business of writing.

Some of the 2013 MWW Faculty include:  Hank Phillippi Ryan, John Gilstrap, Barbara Shoup, Colleen Coble, Matthew Clemens, D.E. Johnson, Roxane Gay, Jane Friedman, Lou Harry, and Hank Nuwer

2013 MWW Extras include:
    Agent Pitch Sessions
    Manuscript Evaluations (additional fee)
    Query Letter Critiques (additional fee)
    Social Media Tutoring
    Writing Contests (win money & prizes!)
    Popular “Buttonhole the Experts” informal session
    Awards Banquet
Download the brochure here or go to http://www.midwestwriters.org/ to get all the details.

Young Writers Workshop at UIndy

UIndy would like to invite you to learn more about our inaugural Young Writers Workshop, a week-long writing workshop in Indianapolis for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. From June 24th through the 28th, students will have the opportunity to work in small groups with nationally recognized writers and teachers, Kevin McKelvey and Sal Pane on the UIndy campus. Students can focus on fiction, poetry, or a combination of the two. In addition to hearing local and national authors read their work and discuss the writing craft, students will focus on their own writing and their peers'. Students can choose a one-week room and board option, or They can attend as a commuter. At the end of the week, family and friends are invited to join the young writers for a public reading of their work.
For more information and to register, please visit http://www.uindy.edu/cas/english/writing-camp. If you have any questions,
please email Kevin McKelvey at mckelveyk@uindy.edu.



Call for Submissions about Indiana State Parks

Submissions of poetry and short stories are now being accepted for the upcoming anthology, Naturally Yours: Poems & Short Stories About Indiana State Parks. Submit up to 3 poems or short stories, with a 32-line limit per poem or 3,000 word limit per story. Poems and stories must be about any Indiana state park. Deadline: July 31, 2013. Expected publication: Fall 2013. Age limit: Any age may
submit a poem or short story. Proceeds from the book will be donated to "Discovering the Outdoors Fund in the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation." For more info, visit www.parkpoems.com.


Creative Writing and Self-Publishing Workshop

June 15, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Red Room
Bartholomew County Library,  Free!
Register at www.barth.lib.in.us or call 379-1266
Learn how to spice up your writing efforts with Debi Hurt, author of Writing Creatively!  From 10:00 a.m. to noon you will work on fun exercises to help sharpen your writing skills.  Self-publishing topics such as query letters; submissions; pricing; eBooks; copyright; editing and marketing will be covered from noon – 2:00 p.m.   Bring paper and pens/pencils.


Writing Your Spiritual Biography

A short course with Dan Wakefield July 7-11, 2013
Evocative exercises and group sharing in a nuturing setting allow us to remember and to write about the most meaningful parts of our life's journey.  Click here to get all the details about this wonderful workshop.



Art Workshop International celebrates its 33nd year in Italy!


Crime Writing and Genre Fiction

Instructor:  S.J. Rozan
July 30 - August 10
All novelists work with the same building blocks: character, setting, dialogue, plot, theme, pace. Genre novels must also satisfy criteria unique to their forms -- crime stories lean heavily on plot, for example, and speculative fiction on setting. For the best genre novels, these requirements are additions to all the other elements of good writing, not substitutes for them. This course invites genre- and non-genre writers in any subject and on all levels to a supportive, non-competitive workshop led by critically-acclaimed S.J. Rozan, winner of the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, Macavity, and Japanese Maltese Falcon awards for Best Novel.


"Pathways to Publication: Choosing the Best Way to Reach Your Readers"

Registration required, early enrollment discount through 5/24:

Add to your Printers Row Lit Fest experience and join us Friday, June 7 for a workshop on how to navigate the maze of options and challenges in the changing world of publishing. Instructors April Eberhardt and Susan Bearman bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and will discuss:

• clarifying your goals
• identifying your options
• creating a business plan
• defining your market
• building your platform
• raising the bar

Space is limited, so register today.


Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Seeks Submissions for Literary Journal

The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is now accepting submissions for their second annual edition of So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. This is an exciting opportunity for creative Kurt Vonnegut readers everywhere to help us continue our annual literary tradition.

War and Peace was the theme of our inaugural issue of So It Goes, and we were delighted to release the journal during “Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day: Healing through the Humanities,” their 11/11/12 event, which also happened to be Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday. Contributors to the first issue included Morley Safer, Tim O'Brien, Dan Wakefield, as well as several other Hoosiers, veterans, students, and Vonnegut lovers across the planet. The first issue is now available in the library's online gift shop through www.vonnegutlibrary.org. Copies are also available in person at our location in Indianapolis.

Humor is the theme of this year’s edition of So It Goes. They want your whimsy, levity, dark satire, political parody, topical tomfoolery, sarcastic spoofs, and wit. Keep in mind that they are looking for your unique voice and not just an imitation of Vonnegut’s trademark, humorous humanism.  Click here to get the details

Deadline: July 15, 2013. Submitted materials will not be returned.

Teaching Teachers to Teach Vonnegut

Free weeklong workshop is July 15-19
Registration now open

At the 2013 Teaching Teachers to Teach Vonnegut workshop, high school teachers will hear from Vonnegut scholars on how to introduce one of our nation’s best authors to young people. And you’ll earn professional development credits for each hour you attend.
Click here for the details



Call for Submissions:   Essays and Poems on Grief


Maine writer seeking personal essays and poems on grief/grieving for loss of person, pet, or figurative “loss” of someone to Alzheimer’s and the like for anthology in progress. Essays each no longer than 2,000 words; poems any length each up to 4 pages double-spaced.  No limit on number of submissions; cutoff date, Sept. 30, 2013.  

All submissions acknowledged. 
Queries and submissions by USPS to M. Leamon, PO Box 113, Casco ME 04015, or e-mail to:  griefanthology@gmail.com



Institute of Spoken Word and Poetry Slam

June 23–29, 2013
Gustavus Campus

An academic camp that invites high school students from all over the country to attend a seven day intensive course that is facilitated by the most successful poetry slam artists in the past decade. Students should expect to leave camp with an initial mastery of both stage and page poetry, their first completed poetry set and product (CD, chapbook, etc), all while belonging to a permanent network of artists who can offer advice and mentorship in the future.
Get the details and your application here:  https://gustavus.edu/camps/slamcamp/index.php



 Arts Commission Accepting Nominations for State Poet Laureate

The Indiana Arts Commission is now accepting nominations for Indiana State Poet Laureate.
The Indiana Poet Laureate represents the State of Indiana and the art of poetry through the development and implementation of programming to the education community and general public. The Poet Laureate makes formal presentations at various educational facilities and events, and offers advice to the Commission regarding ways to further the art of poetry in Indiana.

Nominations for Indiana Poet Laureate should be limited to one, single-page cover letter and resume or CV detailing the nominee's qualifications and accomplishments. No additional materials should be included with the initial nomination. Successful nominees must be current residents of Indiana and remain residents during their two-year term of service as State Poet Laureate. Nominees should be published poets, with experience in educational program development.
Nominations must be submitted to the Indiana Arts Commission by email only, and must be received by 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, August 1, 2013. Nominations should be sent to the attention of Susan Britsch: sbritsch@iac.in.gov.
All nominations will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representative from Indiana's major institutions of higher education. The committee will be convened later this fall to begin review of the nominations.

Joyce Brinkman was the first State Poet Laureate selected under legislation signed into law in 2005 creating the program. Norbert Krapf succeeded Ms. Brinkman, and Karen Kovacik is the current Indiana Poet Laureate.

Mark your Calendars!  Weekend Writers Retreat in Columbus (September 27, 28 & 29)


Renowned Indiana Author:  Michael Martone will be leading 3 workshops at this event.  

Michael Martone is currently a Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Alabama where he has been teaching since 1996. Before that, he taught at Syracuse University, Iowa State University, and Harvard University. He lives with the poet Theresa Pappas and their two sons Sam and Nick.

Martone was born and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he attended the public schools. He studied at Butler University in Indianapolis and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in English. He is also a graduate of The Writing Seminars of The Johns Hopkins University.

Martone is the author of five books of short fiction including Seeing Eye published in September of 1995 by Zoland Books as well as Pensées: The Thoughts of Dan Quayle (Broad Ripple Press, 1994), Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler's List (Indiana University Press, 1990), Safety Patrol (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988), and Alive and Dead in Indiana (Alfred A. Knopf, 1984). He has edited two collections of essays about the Midwest: A Place of Sense: Essays in Search of the Midwest and Townships: Pieces of the Midwest (University of Iowa Press, 1988 and 1992). He edits Story County Books, and his newest book, The Flatness and Other Landscapes (University of Georgia Press, 2000), a collection of his own essays about the Midwest, won the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction in 1998.



Whole-Novel Workshop & Retreat
October 4-6, 2013 • Santa Cruz, CA.

“Scenes to Arcs: Envision and Edit Your Story with the Pros” Are you an accomplished novelist, seeking a distinctive type of workshop? Our seminar for 16 writers offers top-level editor or agent feedback on whole-novel manuscripts, including two in-person consults (45 minutes each, on different days). We also offer team-taught, editor and agent critiques on opening and mid-book chapters.

For details and faculty interviews, and to request an application, visit  www.ChildrensWritersWorkshop.com.



Open to Interpretation Contest

Open to Interpretation brings together photographers and writers in an exciting and innovative book project that has never been done before. Each book begins with a themed call for photos. The chosen photos become the literary inspiration for the writers' submissions. A book is created that matches each winning photo with two stories or poems that offer different interpretations of the image.

Announcing Love + Lust
The photographers sent us their images and interpretations of Love + Lust.  Now it's the writers turn to use the images to inspire your words. Poems and stories may include a literal description of the work, personal memories, metaphorical associations, or your mood inspired by the image.
Poetry, flash fiction, narrative, ekphrastic poetry, short story, memoir, non-fiction, song lyrics, myth, tall tale or fairy tale - all genres are

Judge: Dorianne Laux
Submission Fee: $15 for first submission, $10 additional
Deadline for submission: August 6, 2013
Awards:  $500 Judge's Selection Award
For full details go to Open to Interpretation's site.

Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing- Summer Writing Seminar July 7-12, 2013


The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing was founded in order to give writers the opportunity to develop their craft amongst established authors. The Institute offers a comprehensive week-long focus on writing, providing writers with the necessary time to devote to their art, in the idyllic setting of the Vineyard. Each summer, the institute invites published authors, literary journal editors, and university creative writing faculty from around the country to lead writing workshops, work one-on-one with individuals, and provide the necessary tips and tools for editing and publishing their work.



Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition is now open for entries! The competition celebrates and champions creative writing, nurturing talent and bringing work to international attention. Aesthetica is inviting all writers and poets to submit to the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2013. There are two categories for entry, Poetry and Short Fiction, and a selection of fantastic prizes including:
·         £500 prize money – Poetry winner
·         £500 prize money – Short Fiction winner
·         Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
·         Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
·         A selection of books from our competition partners
Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. Deadline: 31 August 2013. 

Entry is £10 and allows for the entry of two works into any one category. For more information and to enter please visit: www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting



Butler Bridge Program


The Butler Bridge workshops are designed to develop the writing skills of pre-college students(grades 3-12). Participation in such an individualized writing workshop program will help students prepare for college while also nurturing their talents and imaginations.  This semester we are particularly lucky to have YA writers Ben Winters and John Green on board! 
Go to http://www.butler.edu/english/writing-camp/butler-bridge/ to get all the details.

If you are interested in signing up for any (OR ALL!) of the Butler Bridge Programs, please fill out a registration sheet found at http://www.butler.edu/english/writing-camp/butler-bridge/ or by emailing coordinator Mindy Dunn at butlerbridge@butler.edu. Your registration will be confirmed upon payment. 

Kid's Magazine


Indiana Kids magazine, a brand new family project (not a commercial one) written, edited and published for kids, about kids and by kids, is seeking submissions from Indiana kids across the state. 

This online quarterly magazine is a family project of the Miller and Anderson families of central Indiana, founded to teach our own family's Indiana kids how to work together, how to interview people (which involves a lot of listening), how to interpret and write about what they've learned, and to introduce them to many other interesting Indiana kids around the state they might otherwise not get to meet.  Please send us your poetry, short stories, art work and photography. Make sure the photographs are a jpg file. The drawings can be pdf files. The poems and stories can be either Microsoft Word or just written in the body of the email. 

If your submission fits the themes and mission of the magazine, we will publish it in future issues of Indiana Kids. Please send your work to indianakidsmag@gmail.com  and put "submission" in the subject line.  Please let us know what you would like to see us write about in Indiana Kids in future issues. Take a look at the magazine via this link: http://issuu.com/indianakids



Freight Stories   


The best new fiction on the web. Or anywhere else, for that matter.Freight Stories is now reading submissions for their next issue. Writers of excellent fiction should consider submitting via the online submission manager. Or drop in and read the stories in our current issue.


Tipton Poetry Journal


Now accepting submissions: http://tiptonpoetryjournal.com/submission.html

Tipton Poetry Journal asks for one-time rights for publication in (1) print and  (2) digital or electronic downloadable format and also the right to retain an HTML archive.   Poets may opt out of digital or online formats by specific request.   Author retains all future rights to the poem, following publication in print.  Payment is one contributor copy of the printed journal.

Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are ok. Please withdraw poem immediately if a poem under simultaneous submission becomes unavailable.  If a poem has been previously published, please indicate publication in order to be properly acknowledged.

Submit 1-5 poems per submission.  If submitting a simultaneous submission through our online submissions manager, please submit SEPARATELY.   Should you need to later withdraw one of your poems, this will leave your others to remain under consideration.  Only submit multiple poems in one online submission if it is NOT a simultaneous submission.

Include name, address & phone number.  A phone number will only be used for urgent contact (in case of last-minute issues before publication when email doesn't suffice). Including a short bio is preferred.

Electronic submissions are preferred and are processed more quickly by being entered into our system. Submit online to Tipton Poetry Journal through our submissions manager. If you must, submissions are still  accepted by mail. If you should find yourself submitting by U.S. mail and including your email address, please include a note to explain, because we don't understand why.

Include the following information on each page:

Email Address (if available)

Including a short bio is preferred.

Mail with SASE to: Barry Harris, Editor, Tipton Poetry Journal, P.O. Box 804, Zionsville, IN 46077 

Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!


For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go to the Writing Contest Database

Written by Roxanna Santoro — May 15, 2013

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